Liverpool Firmino Will Not Face FA Action Over Holgate Clash
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association after his clash with Everton’s Mason Holgate in the FA Cup tie at Anfield in January.
English soccer’s governing body said the evidence was not sufficient to raise a charge against the Brazil forward after he clashed with Holgate during the third round tie.
Holgate pushed Firmino, 26, into the advertising hoardings in the 40th minute of the Merseyside derby and the Liverpool forward reacted by verbally abusing Everton’s 21-year-old English defender.
An animated Holgate, who is mixed-race, then complained to referee Bobby Madley about Firmino’s comments.
Firmino admitted he insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied using discriminatory language.
“Following a detailed investigation into an allegation of discriminatory conduct against Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino by Everton’s Mason Holgate, The FA can confirm that it will not be taking any disciplinary action against Firmino,” the FA said in a statement.
The governing body also said they were completely satisfied that the allegation was made in good faith by Holgate and there was no suggestion of it being “intentionally false or malicious”.
The FA took statements from 12 players and officials from both teams, referee Bobby Madley and the fourth official.
None of those interviewed directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino.
Liverpool won the game 2-1.